I'm trying to select & edit these text:

pick e17a1b1 test 1
pick 37d4ccb test 2
pick c7ab952 test 3
pick 905617f test 4
pick 1c77d56 test 5
pick 1805ffa test 6

What I do:

  1. ctrl + v (not V, because Ubuntu interprets it as paste action);
  2. select all pick words;
  3. shift + I;
  4. start typing abc;
  5. esc, esc ..;
  6. from here is either nothing changes (if I type some different characters) or change the only first line.

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What do I wrong?


I've tried vim-gnome and doing the same leads to the expected result!

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    The changes should appear after you exit edit mode (i.e. press ESC) – user448115 Sep 15 '15 at 12:41
  • I'm not so stupid. It doesn't change anything. – Timur Fayzrakhmanov Sep 15 '15 at 13:16
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    didn't want to offend you, but since you didn't explicitly mention it I had to guess. Have you installed vim or vim-nox or are u using vim-tiny? – user448115 Sep 15 '15 at 13:28
  • Never mind, you are right - you had to). I didn't install anything I just use vim installed by default, running vim --version it outputs: VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Oct 20 2014 16:09:34) Included patches: 1-273 Modified by pkg-vim-maintainers@lists.alioth.debian.org Compiled by buildd@ – Timur Fayzrakhmanov Sep 15 '15 at 13:35
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    try installing vim-nox – user448115 Sep 15 '15 at 13:39

After some troubleshooting with Timur Fayzrakhmanov (see comments on OP) we found the following solution:

Ubuntu comes by default with a stripped down version of vim. In order to get the whole vim functionality, package vim-nox should be installed.

  • Correct but strange! Why does ubuntu install a stripped down version of vim? (vim is not so resource expensive) – user216043 Nov 2 '15 at 16:56

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